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Patellar Tendinopathy in Team Sports: Preventive Exercises

Peña, Javier PhD, CSCS1; Moreno-Doutres, Daniel PhD, CSCS2; Borràs, Xantal PhD1; Altarriba, Albert PhD1; Baiget, Ernest PhD1; Caparrós, Antoni PhD1; Buscà, Bernat PhD3

Strength and Conditioning Journal: June 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 3 - p 20–30
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000303
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ABSTRACT PATELLAR TENDINOPATHY IS AN OVERUSE INJURY COMMONLY KNOWN AS “JUMPER'S KNEE” THAT CAUSES PAIN IN THE INFERIOR REGION OF THE PATELLA. THIS PATHOLOGY IS RECURRENT IN TEAM SPORTS AND HAS MORE IMPACT ON MALE ATHLETES. SOME ANATOMICAL INTRINSIC FACTORS AND SEVERAL EXTRINSIC FACTORS SEEM TO BE KEY IN TRIGGERING THIS CONDITION THAT IS ALSO INCREASINGLY APPEARING IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROVIDE COACHES AND PRACTITIONERS WITH SOME USEFUL PRACTICE-BASED EXERCISES THAT CAN BE HELPFUL IN PREVENTING THESE DISABLING TENDON INJURIES IN SPORTS SUCH AS VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, SOCCER, AMERICAN FOOTBALL, AND TEAM HANDBALL.

1Sport Performance Analysis Research Group, University of Vic—Central University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain;

2Club Joventut Badalona, Barcelona, Spain; and

3FPCEE Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain

Address correspondence to Javier Peña, javier.pena@uvic.cat.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Javier Peñais a member of the Sport Performance Analysis Research Group at the University of VicCentral University of Catalonia and a strength & conditioning consultant for professional teams.

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Daniel Moreno-Doutresis the Head of the Strength & Conditioning Department at Club Joventut Badalona (ACB).

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Xantal Borràsis a member of the Sport Performance Analysis Research Group at the University of VicCentral University of Catalonia and a Biomechanist.

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Albert Altarribais a member of the Sport Performance Analysis Research Group at the University of VicCentral University of Catalonia.

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Ernest Baigetis the leader of the Sport Performance Analysis Research Group at the University of VicCentral University of Catalonia and a strength & conditioning coach for professional tennis players.

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Antoni Caparrósis a member of the Sport Performance Analysis Research Group at the University of VicCentral University of Catalonia and a strength & conditioning coach for the Spanish men's basketball national team.

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Bernat Buscàis a professor at FPCEE Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University and a strength & conditioning coach of the skeleton athlete and Olympian, Ander Mirambell.

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